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Jerry F. Husak

Assistant Professor
Degree
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Office
354 Owens
Phone
(651) 962-5223
Fax
651.962.5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

Professional Interests

My research focuses on understanding how the processes of natural and sexual selection shape physiological and morphological traits. Specifically, I am interested in how hormones link animals to their biotic and abiotic environments through the regulation of performance traits important to fitness. To accomplish this, I integrate theory and techniques from physiology, evolutionary ecology, animal behavior, and functional morphology, and I combine laboratory experiments with correlative studies of natural populations. I primarily work with reptiles as model systems, and I conduct research in the southwestern US and the Caribbean. Some of my current projects include:

  • How steroid hormones mediate performance in lizards
  • How endocrine systems regulate social behavior in Caribbean Anolis lizards
  • Direct and indirect effects of sexually selected traits on animal performance
  • Examining performance consequences of muscle fiber composition in lizards

Lab website:  http://jerryhusak.weebly.com/index.html

 

Representative publications:

  • Husak, J. F., and J. G. Swallow. 2011. Compensatory traits and the evolution of male ornaments. Behaviour 148:1-29.
  • Husak, J. F., S. D. McCormick, D. J. Irschick, and I. T. Moore. 2009. Hormonal regulation of whole-animal performance: implications for selection. Integrative and Comparative Biology 49:349-353.
  • Husak, J. F., and I. T. Moore. 2008. Stress hormones and mate choice. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 23:532-534.
  • Husak, J. F., and S. F. Fox. 2008. Sexual selection on locomotor performance. Evolutionary Ecology Research 10:213-228.
  • Husak, J. F., D. J. Irschick, J. J. Meyers, S. P. Lailvaux, and I. T. Moore. 2007. Hormones, sexual signals and performance of green anole lizards (Anolis carolinensis). Hormones and Behavior 52:360-367.

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 349 - 01 Comp Anatomy & Physiology-A M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OSS 127
CRN: 40014 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak Examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems. Emphasis will be placed upon the evolution, development and function of these systems as well as the control and integration of all organ systems in vertebrates. This course may be taken as part of a two-semester sequence with BIOL 350 but may also be taken alone. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 349 - 51 Comp Anatomy & Physiology/LabA M - - - - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 380
CRN: 40015 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak Examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems. Emphasis will be placed upon the evolution, development and function of these systems as well as the control and integration of all organ systems in vertebrates. This course may be taken as part of a two-semester sequence with BIOL 350 but may also be taken alone. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 349 - 52 Comp Anatomy & Physiology/LabA - - W - - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 380
CRN: 40605 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak Examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems. Emphasis will be placed upon the evolution, development and function of these systems as well as the control and integration of all organ systems in vertebrates. This course may be taken as part of a two-semester sequence with BIOL 350 but may also be taken alone. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 350 - 01 Comp. Anatomy/Physiology A M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OWS 275
CRN: 20012 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak An examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and digestive systems, including control and integration of organ systems, adaptation to environment, and evolutionary development in vertebrates. Laboratory work will emphasize functional comparisons of vertebrate organ systems and an experimental approach to physiological problems. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor

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BIOL 398 - 03 Topics M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OWS 257
CRN: 21284 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Online Printable Schedule, View Online Printable Schedule

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BIOL 398 - 56 TBD - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 379
CRN: 21286 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Online Printable Schedule, View Online Printable Schedule

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